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A better future for older people in Victoria



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Minister for Aged, Family and Health Services Hon. Peter Staples M.P.

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Parliament House, Canberra Phone (06) 277 7220 Fax (06) 273 4146

30 November 1992 PS420/92

A BETTER FUTURE FOR OLDER PEOPLE IN VICTORIA

Frail older people in Victoria can look forward to better care and accommodation with the announcement of Federal Government funding for new and existing nursing homes, hostels and community care services.

The Federal Minister for Aged, Family and Health Services, Peter Staples, said the move would mean more and better care choices for frail older people.

He said 154 projects had been selected for funding in Victoria.

The new projects are expected to attract capital funds of $25.4 million.

"It adds up to a better future for frail older people in Victoria," Mr Staples said.

An additional 234 nursing home beds, 1126 hostel places and 158 community aged care packages will be established in Victoria. In addition, 80 existing hostels and nursing homes will receive capital grants to upgrade their facilities.

"This will go a long way towards meeting the increasing demand for quality care and accommodation for older people in this State," he said.

"These community aged care packages will provide care services to frail older people in the community so that they can remain in their own homes.

"Service managers receive recurrent funding to enable them to arrange for individually tailored services to be delivered to the client to suit their needs."

Mr Staples said the new funding would also enable 29 self-contained units to be converted to hostel-type accommodation to take account of residents' changing needs.

"Residents in these units are now quite frail and in need of a higher level of support services," he said.

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"By providing these services we are preventing disruptive moves and helping residents maintain their independence.

The new funding for Victoria is part of a nation-wide Federal Government move aimed at giving older people more and better choices of care and accommodation.

Mr Staples said the Federal Government had provided $267 million in capital funding for new and refurbished nursing home and hostel-type accommodation in Victoria since 1983-84, reflecting its commitment to quality care and accommodation

for older people.

Contact: Peter Knuppel (03) 604 8838